Tuesday, 14 October 2014

South East UK Masters 2014 Report

The dust has settled, sleep is caught up and the toys are safely packed away... also, the missus has gone out and im working evenings so I have a fair bit of time to get this all down haha.

My 3 lists were: Dr Arkadius Ark list T4, Midas T4 and Lord Carver T4

Game 1 vs Brett Wilkie (Circle)

Last years winner, Team England player and one of the top players in the country hahaha, not fancying my chances in this one! I went with Arkadius as I figured those free boosted frenzies and access to both primal and forced evo would help hit the high def circle minis. Bret rocked a cracking pmorv list with tough zombie druids, blood trackers and a selection of beasties.

Circle jam the lines with the clouds, I can kill a few druids but not enough to break through quickly.

Near the end now, after some epic dice the circle get the advantage as my beasts wittle away. I have a last go at assassination but it fails with counter magic, ghetorix is about 9 from Dr A so I concede.

A top game and a great learning experience against a true master, Brett was a great opponent and I look forward to playing him again in the future.

Game 2 vs Dave Downs (Cryx)
Dave is a mate from the Bunker, ive only played him a couple of times though and he really knows his stuff (Dave has also just been nominated for the WTC so congrats mate!). I went with Midas, figuring cryx would advance quick and kill my stuff... just what midas wants with a ranged heavy battle group to swarm in range of his reasonably fragile casters. Dave went with pSkarre, loads of dudez and a couple of jacks. 

Our lines close, I had my slaughter housers to murder his satyris, brigands poping bane knights all over the shop... Dave held back and went for the scenario win, camping like a boss as I was jammed in! At one point he had 6 knights charge or engage a road hog and did about 10 damage to it, he only killed 2 rabos so my plan went out the window and I struggled  to grind through quick enough.
One point of hilarity was Midas cursing the bane knights.... in your face Cryx hahaha!

Game 3 vs Xavier Lindsey (Convergence)
Xavier was rocking the cogs and admitted he was struggling to get to grips with them having not long picked them up... I had run them for a 6 months myself and regularly play against Sherwins robots so had a good idea what to expect. Xavier went for Lucant to armour up and I went with Carver for the extra damage and armour.
I only took the one pick in this as I was knackered and forgot, but it came right down to the wire with Xavier clocking whilst I had about 15 left on it. high lights for me we brigands with quagmire being pains and jamming his lines, and one super star charging the prime axiom on lucants feat turn at dice-14 and laying a point on him hahahaha.
He managed to get a tow cable on carver who transferred the damaged and then ran away in my turn to escape for the win.
Game 4 vs Kelvin Jones (Cygnar)
Kelvin is a top bloke who I played last year with cogs getting a cheeky aurora assassination on ehaley. This time he went with eCaine and me with Dr A, I figured hyper aggressive would help against shooting and Dr A could camp transfers and sit with the gorax.

His list had the ubiquitous boomies with arcane shield on one flank which toughed like magic all game, Kelvin even swapped his dice over after about 10 consecutive passes but they stilled kept on haha. I struggled to break out away from the tempest blazers and caines feat cleared the warhog and road hog who was about 2mm short on his spray to get caine.

Kelvin cleared me out of his zone again to dominate for the win, another top game that I look forward to a rematch for!

Game 5 vs Rob Ridley (Legion)
Last game of the event and I get to fight legion for some flags, Rob goes with pAbby T4 and me with Carver again. Rob and his mates had missioned up from Southampton and I was worn out from 4hrs disturbed kip (that's to gwennie getting up throughout the night!!) so were both glad this was the final match up. 

Quite late on, I had feated , Brine had smashed a raek and a carnivean to paste but whiffed his last one on abby... sad times for Brine who died next turn and again wiffed his kill strike. That metal ring around the angel closed to the flag really did me in, it was a blight storm that properly stopped me in my tracks... the hogs couldn't hit def 15+ legion with no boosts!

I was going to lose on scenario and time so I figured sod it, and carver went for the assassination... didn't go well and abby got the crit for no transfers of tough and a couple of hits later it was bacon sarnies all round.
Well 1 win by clocking and 5 defeats is not a great performance but I had a lot of fun and hopefully gave all my opponents a decent game too! My thanks to Pressganger Kev for running a cracking event and to wayland games for hosting, cheers chaps.
Sadly I managed to delete the pic of me celebrating my best in faction result so I cant post that up :-(
Next year Sherwin is planning to take his minions so I will have some competition... looks like I may need some gators of my own next time ;-D


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